International learning opportunities are lure of Study Abroad Fair

September 13, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Buies Creek, N.C.—Hangzhou, China, the University of Dundee in Scotland, Amboise, France are just some of the exotic learning destinations featured at Campbell University’s first Study Abroad Fair, held Monday, Sept. 13. Dr. Donna Waldron, coordinator of the Study Abroad program at Campbell, said the Fair was created to raise student awareness of all the exciting international study opportunities available to them.

“Even though there were only five Study Abroad organizations represented at the Fair, almost all have connections to a vast network of Study Abroad systems,” said Waldron. “Students can complete internships and take courses for credit in places like Tokyo, Japan, Australia, Ireland or Spain, for instance.”

Elizabeth Adams with the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad organization, said the independent company works with universities and study abroad systems all over the world.

“Through the educational programs of AustraLearn, AsiaLearn and EuroLearn, GlobaLinks provides a wide range of study opportunities in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Aisia and Europe,” she said. “We not only focus on academic success abroad, but personalized service and an on-site resident at each location who is there 24 hours a day, seven days a week to supervise students.”

Jessica Klyn de Novelo, Senior Coordinator of Institutional Relations for Central College’s Study Abroad program said the program features study abroad opportunities in Wales, Mexico, Spain, France, the Netherlands, England and Ghana. “Our programs are characterized by the same small liberal arts college approach to learning that is fundamental to Central College,” said de Novelo. “Many of our programs also focus on service learning.”

Campbell seniors Ashley Mahew, Amanda Morrison and Robin Price said the study abroad experience had changed their lives. Price attended international language school in Amboise, France about two hours from Paris; Mahew spent four months in a language program in South Korea; and Morrison studied in Tokyo, Japan.

“I’m from Harnett County and it was an extremely different culture from the one that I’m used to, but I loved it,” said Morrison.

Morrison, who is majoring in history and International Studies, said she would eventually like to work in Asia.

At 11 a.m., approximately 40-50 people had already visited the Study Abroad Fair.

“We’re really pleased with the participation so far,” said Waldron. “We plan on making this an annual event.”

For more information about the Study Abroad program, contact Campbell University’s Office of Study Abroad at 910.893.1576 or 910.814.4786.

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